It has been a very long time since my last post. A semester has passed silently. Summer days first. Then autumn leaves and now snow, cold and shorter days. I am listening to Berlin’s Take My Breath Away. In my office. Almost finished with my tea. It is one of those Fridays with a feeling of regular weekdays. I have been to many places: Kiev, Skopje, Prishtina, Bucharest, many towns in Greece, Budapest.
I am in the main library. Busy with writing my last article about laughter. It’s been raining since the morning. Perhaps since last midnight. There are people around me. Reading, taking notes, talking to each other.
“I don’t judge you. Why should you?” This is the phrase from J Candy at Trains, Planes and Automobiles (1987).
2018/12 – Budapest, Hungary (c) MA Icbay
What I would like to talk today is about the contemporary science. My arguments are all based on my personal observations. As a result they can all be wrong altogether, or might be flawed partially, or might lead the readers to biases as well. The readers, you, should not take these as the mere facts.
The rise in the scientific activities were due to the competition in the Cold War years. Sputnik, nuclear research, experiments in the medicine were all the results of the drive rooted in this competition. Two powers were doing their best to excel in science, as well as in other fields such as arts, sports, social life and so on. However, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the competition ended. The governments were not eager to fund research because there is no need to be better in science. Science has transformed into a way of commodity producer. Putting it another words, the more profit the scientific research brings into the market, the more chances it can have to survive. This is the current situation of science. The scientific research is allowed to exist as long as it creates profit in the market. Worse. If the profit it creates is less than its cost, it ceases to exist. The basic rule of capitalism. This is the main reason why the research in social sciences, arts, humanities are not funded or funded minimally not to eradicate those fields at all.
The previous paragraph, I think, gives you an idea of my understanding of the decline in the scientific research. One step further. I would like to talk more about what happened to science in Soviet Union. Soviet Union motivated the rise of science in the society by allocating the resources. If you were a successful scientist, you were awarded. The part that were originally spared for the majority were allocated to the scientific community. This was the underlying force in increasing the scientific activities in Soviet Union.